The Birthing Center is located on the third floor of the UK Chandler Hospital. The Birthing Center includes 13 labor and delivery rooms, 3 operating room suites, 17 mother and baby rooms, and a 4 bed newborn nursery.
UK Birthing Center is committed to making your delivery and hospital stay a special experience. Please contact our Childbirth Education Coordinator if you have questions or need further assistance at 859-323-2750. We look forward to helping you welcome the newest member of your family.
Upon arrival, you will register at The Birthing Center Check In.
The Triage Area is a four-bed unit where you will be evaluated for any concerns you have during your pregnancy when your physician is not available. You will also be examined here if you think you are in labor.
While in our Triage Area, you will be evaluated by a registered nurse and a physician. During this time, your blood pressure, temperature, and your baby’s fetal heart rate will be monitored.
If admitted, you will move from Triage to a Labor and Delivery suite. Our labor and delivery rooms are equipped with a sleep chair for one overnight guest. Free wifi is available in all rooms for your use.
Our labor and delivery beds can be used for various laboring and pushing positions. We also have birthing balls, peanut balls, squat bars, portable monitors, and mirrors for your use.
If you and your baby are healthy, we will clean and dry your baby and immediately place him/her skin to skin and belly to belly with you. We will place a diaper and hat on your baby and cover you both with warm blankets. We have found that this is the best way to regulate your baby’s temperature and heart rate after birth.
Your baby will spend their first hour skin to skin with you. Often babies will move over to latch on for their first breastfeeding from this position. Your nurse will stay with you during this time. A lactation consultant is often available for the first feeding. If you require a cesarean section, your baby will be brought to you as soon as you are stable in the Recovery Room for skin to skin.
After the first hour, your baby will be weighed, measured, and given necessary medications. Then your baby will be placed skin to skin with you or your partner for an additional hour.
You and your baby will be transferred to the Mother and Baby Unit where you will spend 2 days if you have a vaginal delivery and 3 days if you have cesarean section. Throughout your stay, staff will be helping you learn to care for your newborn. We practice Rooming In which means your baby will stay with you 24 hours per day. This way you can learn how to care for your baby and recognize early signs of hunger or feeding cues.
Upon discharge, your nurse will provide you with discharge information and have you make an appointment for your baby with your pediatrician. If you are breastfeeding, we will encourage you to have an appointment at our Mommy and Me Clinic.
Bringing the carrier portion of your infant car seat to your room will make it easier to strap your infant in before the ride home. Mom and baby will be wheeled down to the car together.
Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Fayette County want you to have all the proper safety information to protect your newborn. If you need any assistance with properly installing your car seat, Safe Kids Fayette County conducts free care seat checks. Learn more by visiting their website www.safekidsfayettecounty.com which also includes the latest information on safety recalls, and tips and tricks for keeping your baby safe when you get home.
Remember, UK Birthing Center is committed to making your delivery and hospital stay a special experience. Please contact our Childbirth Education Coordinator if you have questions or need further assistance at 859-323-2750. We look forward to helping you welcome the newest member of your family.
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